I find it rather irresponsible that the BM organization hasn't made any real mention of the *real* health dangers (aside from dehydration, heat stroke, and cracked feet) on BM.com, while spending pages and pages on protecting the playa from trash, burn scars, and pee! (Don't get me wrong--I'm all for kind treatment to the earth, but what about us!?)
Isotopia wrote:FYI, the uranium in question is actually x200 the recommeded suggested by the EPA in drinking water standards. Contrary to what many folks believe, the uranium is NOT associated with any nuke testing done in northern Nevada rather it is a natural component of the granite the alkali playa is composed of. That and the meta-volcanic areas (Calico mountains, and parts of the Selenite Range) which border the playa. Other heavy metals abound as well - magnesium, arsnic, copper.
notably sinus headache and lingering stomach ache
It goes over well with the bars you visit when you whip it out.
How do you hydrate those parts of your body?
Ivy wrote:Oh, and you might look into buying stock in Astroglide.
why the hell do people take children out to a place that's dirty, unsanitary and has a lot of adult themed entertainment
Stormy wrote:I'm also doubting any secret plot involving radiation, however, why the hell do people take children out to a place that's dirty, unsanitary and has a lot of adult themed entertainment? I love children. I've worked in public education for seven years. But I would never take a child to the playa. While the health risks are questionable, the psychological ones aren't. Based on years of formal training and firsthand experience with thousands of children, I have found that children actuallly need firm boundaries to feel safe and secure. There are things they just don't want to know yet. Of course it's their job to test the boundaries to be sure that they're in place, but children won't love you for giving them too much freedom before they're ready for it.
Adult themed? Okay, you got me there. But you have no idea the positive reaction we received when showing our daughter the playa. Yes, there is stuff that goes on that kids shouldn't see. But that's up to the parents to help the kids through. Now, most kids (well, maybe none) are gonna be hanging around JiffyLube at 2:00 a.m. or be checking out the sites at any of the multitudinous S&M camps.
Will I bring her when she's 10? 12? 14? Probably not. There is too much risk to her safety -- not because of something she might see, but of something she might be convinced to do. But she should know early on that life is not always as it seems and it is okay, or even preferable (sp?) to be different.
Chillin' with my little one who loved the art, the camps (especially Lawn Game Camp and Bunny Camp (hi neighbors)), and the people...
Ivy wrote:I go though so much of it that nowadays just the smell will turn me on. Quite Pavlovian, really.
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